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March 12, 2014
07:40 EDTDTV, SNI, CMCSA, DISH, FOXA, TWX, TWCMore execs voice concerns over Comcast-TWC merger, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) and Dish Network (DISH) have already come out strongly against Comcast's (CMCSA) planned takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and nervousness among a number of other companies, including TV network owners and small cable operators, is surfacing, said The Wall Street Journal. 21st Century Fox (FOXA) president Chase Carey told an investment conference that he expects competition in broadband to be a major factor in the merger review, while Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes said that "in the long run there are some questions on competition" and he expects the government to "make sure the appropriate conditions are in place." Some industry executives, notably including Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) CFO Joseph NeCastro, have played down concerns, the report noted. Reference Link
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March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves and Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes had discussions about combining their companies in meetings last year, Bloomberg reports, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
16:40 EDTCMCSACharter shareholders approve share issuance in transactions with Comcast
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15:56 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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13:06 EDTCMCSA, FOXA, TWXBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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12:46 EDTCMCSANBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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11:36 EDTFOXA, CMCSAApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTDISHApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:21 EDTCMCSAAtlanta Braves and Comcast announce technology and real estate partnership
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10:02 EDTDISH, SNIHigh option volume stocks
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09:10 EDTDISHDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
09:07 EDTDISHDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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08:49 EDTSNIScripps acquisition of Polish business difficult to understand, say Bernstein
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07:48 EDTSNIScripps to meet with BBC Trust over GBP500M offer for UKTV stake, Guardian says
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05:46 EDTTWXApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
15:24 EDTTWXCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
13:22 EDTTWCThe Children's Investment Fund reports 5.0% passive stake in Time Warner Cable
11:53 EDTDISHDISH abused small business program in auction, FCC Commissioner says
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stated: "Last month, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau disclosed that two companies in which DISH Network Corp. has an 85% ownership stake are claiming over $3B in taxpayer-funded discounts on licenses they won during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. As I said then, allowing DISH, which has annual revenues of approximately $14B and a market capitalization of over $34B, to obtain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies would make a mockery of the small business program. The evidence of abuse continues to mount. DISH recently disclosed that it made approximately $8.504B in loans and $1.274B in equity contributions to those two companies—hardly a sign that they were 'very small businesses' that lacked access to deep pockets. Moreover, we now know that DISH’s abuse of the program had an enormous impact on actual small businesses serving actual customers." Reference Link
10:44 EDTCMCSA, TWXNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
06:04 EDTSNIScripps Networks to host conference call
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05:19 EDTSNIScripps Networks to acquire controlling interest in Polish TV operator TVN
Scripps Networks has entered into an agreement to acquire a 52.7% interest in Poland’s premier multi-platform media company, TVN. The company has agreed to acquire the stake from ITI and Canal+ Group for an all-cash consideration of EUR 584M. Scripps Networks Interactive will also assume EUR 840M of debt. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals. Following completion, Scripps Networks Interactive will launch a mandatory public tender offer to further increase its ownership interest in TVN, as required under Polish law.
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